Ben und sein Bruder Barnabas - © Universum/Gordon Timpen

Hamburg film in competition at Shanghai Film Festival

"SIMPEL" movie to screen on June 19 at Shanghai International Film Festival - shot on location in Hamburg

A Hamburg cinema film will screen in competition at the Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) on June 19, 2017. Director Markus Goller, actor Frederick Lau and producers Michael Lehmann, Chairman of the Board at Studio Hamburg Production Group, and Günther Russ of Letterbox Filmproduktion will also be heading to China’s leading film festvial. Founded in 1983, the SIFF is one of Asia’s biggest film festivals along with the Tokyo International Film Festival.

SIMPEL is the only German film competing for the coveted Golden Goblet. Lehmann said: “We are delighted to be presenting SIMPEL at this famous A festival for the first time and hope that this universal story, but rooted in Hamburg about two unusual brothers will hit a nerve among internatoinal audiences.“ The Paris-based International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) has accredited the Shanghai International Film Festival and ranks it in the “A” category.

Tale of two very different brothers

Barnabas aka SIMPEL (David Kross) and his brother Ben (Frederick Lau) have been inseparable since they were small boys. But the two are no ordinary pair of brothers, as Barnabas, 22, has remained mentally at the age of child. Even though SIMPEL can be a nuisance, life without him is unimaginable for Ben. Things come to a crunch when their mother dies and SIMPEL is to be put in a home. The pair make their escape and embark on a madcap journey. After a night spent outdoors, Ben decides that they simply must find their father David (Devid Striesow) whom they have not seen for 15 years. Based on the book by Marie-Aude Murail, SIMPEL is an emotional, funny film.

The movie has been funded by the Filmfund Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, (DFFF), nordmedia – Film- und Mediengesellschaft Niedersachsen/Bremen in Lower Saxony and Bremen, FFF Bayern, FFA and DFFF. The movie will be released in German cinemas on November 9, 2017.

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